Underbelly wins contract to produce Edinburgh's winter festivals

Following a competitive procurement exercise, the City of Edinburgh Council has agreed a contractor to produce its world-famous winter festivals for the next three years.

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Underbelly's Street of light, Edinburgh's Christmas 2016

At a meeting of the Finance and Resources Committee today (Thursday 23 March), Councillors agreed to award the contracts for the city’s Christmas and Hogmanay festivities to Underbelly - the operator of Edinburgh’s Christmas since 2013.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “Edinburgh’s winter festivals provide the city and Scotland with unrivalled promotion and shape the Capital’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit. Last year, the combined economic impact of the events were estimated at £160m demonstrating the huge importance these events place on the success of Edinburgh’s winter economy.

“The appointment of these contracts is confirmation for the city that, despite the financial pressures facing the Council, these important events will continue to operate for the benefit of the people of Edinburgh and our many thousands of visitors.

“I am sure Underbelly’s activities will build on the huge success of Edinburgh’s winter festivals to date. Along with Council officers past and present, I wish to thank Unique Events for continuously providing the city and Scotland with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations over two decades.”

Edinburgh’s official Hogmanay celebrations were established by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1993. Over the last 24 years, it has entertained millions of people growing into one of the Capital’s Major Festivals.

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